Commentor crusadeRex points us to a report about an atheist event being held at Fort Bragg N.C. in March. The event, "Rock Beyond Belief", includes atheist speakers and rock bands, a rapper who raps (about evolution), and a "kiddy" pool where kids learn the science of walking on water.
The most well-known of the rock bands that will perform is Aiden. They have a video on the event's website that includes images of burning churches and bloody crosses. The song is identified on the website at the "atheist anthem" (I thought this was their anthem).
Here are some of the lyrics of the song on the event's website:
"Love how they burn your synagogues, love how they torch your holy books."Great stuff. Note that the young soldiers (I was stationed at Ft. Bragg when I had just turned eighteen) have just finished high school, where they are not permitted to see or hear a prayer because atheists deem it a violation of the Constitution to conduct a government sanctioned action that endorses religion.
On a US military base atheists see no problem with a hate video depicting violence against Christians and Jews.
'Oh', you might wonder, 'what are Mike's views on this event?'
Since you ask: there is no Constitutional issue here, because an atheist event does not establish an religion. No compulsion is involved. People are free to attend the event or not attend the event, as they see fit.
The next question is: should this be permitted by military authorities, regardless of the fact that there is no Constitutional issue?
My answer: Hell no. The rock group should be banned from the base for spreading hate, just as the base would not permit a KKK rally or a neo-Nazi parade. I would also ban the organizer and the various water-carriers who had anything to do with this hatefest from ever setting foot on a military installation.
Again, there is no Constitutional issue. But public property is no place for hate and incitement to violence, and these jerks should be given a permanent unceremonial boot.
If the godless want to exhibit their idiocy on a military base, they can ask Richard Dawkins (already scheduled to speak at the hatefest) to do a book-signing at the PX.